Johann Heinrich Jung
He was born in the village of Grund (now part of Hilchenbach) in Westphalia. His father, Wilhelm Jung, schoolmaster and tailor, was the son of Eberhard Jung, charcoal burner, and his mother was Johanna Dorothea née Fischer (aka Dortchen), daughter of a poor clergyman preacher, alchemist: Moritz Fischer. Jung became at his father's wish schoolmaster and tailor.
After various teaching appointments he went in 1768 to study medicine at the University of Strasbourg. There he met Goethe, who introduced him to Herder. The acquaintance with Goethe ripened into friendship; and it was by his influence and assistance that Jung's first work, Heinrich Stillings Jugend, was written. In the second volume of his Aus Meinem Leben, Goethe discusses Jung. In 1772 Jung settled at Elberfeld as physician and oculist, and soon became celebrated for operations in cases of cataract. In 1778 he accepted the appointment as lecturer on agriculture, technology, commerce and the veterinary art in the newly established Kameralschule at Kaiserslautern, a post which he continued to hold when the school was absorbed in the University of Heidelberg.
In 1787, he was appointed professor of economic, financial and statistical science at the University of Marburg. In 1803, he resigned his professorship and returned to Heidelberg, where he remained until 1806, when he received a pension from the grand-duke, Charles Frederick of Baden, and moved to Karlsruhe, where he remained until his death in 1817.
"came particularly into notice through Jung-Stilling, that eminent man who was a particular instrument in the hand of God for keeping up evangelical truth in the latter part of the former century, and at the same time a strong patron to that doctrine."
He was married three times, and left a numerous family.
His autobiography "Heinrich Stillings Leben," from which he came to be known as Stilling, is the chief authority for his life. His early novels reflect the piety of his early surroundings. A complete edition of his numerous works, in 14 vols. was published at Stuttgart in 1835–1838.
There are English translations by Samuel Jackson of the Leben (1835) and of the Theorie der Geisterkunde (London, 1834, and New York, 1851); and of Theobald, or the Fanatic, a religious romance, by the Rev. Samuel Schaeffer (1846).
- Rev. John McClintock and James Strong. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature. Volume 10, 1895, pp. 109–33.
- Ghervas, Stella: Réinventer la tradition. Alexandre Stourdza et l'Europe de la Sainte-Alliance. Paris, Honoré Champion, 2008. ISBN 978-2-7453-1669-1
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Jung, Johann Heinrich". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- "Jung-Stilling, Johann Heinrich". New International Encyclopedia. 1905.
Biographies by F. W. Bodemann (1868), J. V. Ewald (1817), Peterson (1890).
- (German) http://www.jung-stilling-forschung.de/ (with bibliography, partly in English)